KPR Staff http://weku.fm en Distillers Fund Alcohol Awareness Programs http://weku.fm/post/distillers-fund-alcohol-awareness-programs <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">Alcohol awareness programs at the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville will continue to receive financial support&nbsp; from two Kentucky distilleries.&nbsp; Jim Beam and Brown-Forman are giving a combined $600,000 to the schools to bolster efforts to combat underage and binge drinking across the Commonwealth.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px; "> Tue, 07 Aug 2012 19:25:36 +0000 KPR Staff 30841 at http://weku.fm State Launches Health Insurance Market http://weku.fm/post/state-launches-health-insurance-market <p>Governor Steve Beshear has followed through on his promise to set up a state-run health insurance exchange in Kentucky. &nbsp;The Affordable Care Act requires states to set up marketplaces in which residents can buy private insurance or sign up for Medicaid.&nbsp;Through an executive order, Beshear created Kentucky&#39;s exchange today. The order establishes a new executive branch office, the Office of the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange. The office will be housed in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.</p><p> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 17:53:07 +0000 KPR Staff 29719 at http://weku.fm State Finishes Fiscal Year in Black http://weku.fm/post/state-finishes-fiscal-year-black <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px; ">Despite dim outlooks, the Commonwealth of Kentucky has turned a budget surplus for the second year in a row.&nbsp;The last fiscal year closed with &nbsp;an additional $83 million &nbsp;in &nbsp;the General Fund. The road fund has a $31 million &nbsp;surplus.&nbsp;The extra revenue has two potential uses. First, the state can make emergency payments, like putting additional money to cleaning up tornado damage in Eastern Kentucky.</p><p> Tue, 10 Jul 2012 18:07:39 +0000 KPR Staff 29346 at http://weku.fm Lawmaker Seeks End to Election Day Prohibition http://weku.fm/post/lawmaker-seeks-end-election-day-prohibition <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">For the fifth time, a Northern Kentucky lawmaker will attempt to undo a ban on alcohol sales on election days.&nbsp;Currently, no alcohol can be served or sold while polls are open. Representative Arnold Simpson has filed legislation to scrap the ban four times in the past. And Friday, he will once again present the proposal to an interim legislative committee.&nbsp;Many states originally passed such bans in order to crack down on voter fraud and vote buying. Now, South Carolina is the only other state that still bans alcohol sales on election days.</span></p><p> Mon, 09 Jul 2012 20:19:11 +0000 KPR Staff 29289 at http://weku.fm Lawmaker Seeks End to Election Day Prohibition